Walla Walla Valley Wine

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Walla Walla is a wine region within Columbia Valley that straddles both Oregon and Washington. Wine-making began in the mid-1800s, when an influx of pioneers, many of them Italian immigrants, who first settled in the area for the burgeoning fur trade and the Idaho gold rush. Though the commercial wine industry didn’t catch on in the region until the 1950s when the Pesciallo family established Blue Mountain Vineyards, the first in the region since the Prohibition. 

By the 1970s, wine-makers could see the potential for greatness thanks to climate conditions conducive to long growing seasons. The Cascade Mountain forms a natural rain shadow that protects the region, resulting in hot days and cool nights. There are a variety of terroirs extending through the region from the Blue Mountains downward. Glacial melt from the time of the Ice Age has left a deposit of rich, grape-friendly silt in much of the growing region. Walla Walla was granted AVA status in 1984. 
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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Gifford-Hirlinger

    Gifford Hirlinger is a small family owned operation that started way back in 2001. It was in tha...

  • Morrison Lane

    Located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley Appellation, Morrison Lane is a family owned and o...

  • Bunchgrass Winery

    In the early 1980’s, Roger Cockerline became interested in growing wine grapes and planted a smal...

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • Adamant Cellars

    Adamant Cellars is a product of a 20-year dream. With my passion for winemaking, my wife Debra an...

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

    Otis Kenyon Wine is a family owned and managed winery with deep historical ties to the Walla Wall...

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Walla Walla Valley on Snooth

  • Seven Hills Winery Riesling Columbia Valley 2011


    A bit candied on the nose and just a touch funky, reduced though with air this begins to reveal layers of earthy, minty, camphor and chalky aromas. A bit sweet on entry, though with plenty of zesty acids adding zip to the slightly exotic flavors of a little strawberry fruit, then a hint of mango. More interesting than your typical citrus bomb,... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Radius Wines Red Blend Walla Walla Valley 2011


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    Wine review by khardman00

  • Crystal Creek Cellars Riesling 2012


    My Rating 89: Fresh lean body, not too sweet just right Applely aromas. Nose nice ,long fruity complex. easy drinkable. Another fine product from ALDI Read More

    Wine review by Wolle

  • Radius Wines Merlot Walla Walla Valley 2010


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    Wine review by tpcello7

  • Drinking a nice Washington Syrah tonight from Dunham.  100% Syrah sourced from several vineyards: Lewis (Yakima Valley AVA), Frenchtown (Dunham estate vineyard in Walla Walla), Double River  (Walla Walla AVA) and Phinny Hill (Horse Heaven Hills AVA)Walla Walla and Horse Heaven Hills are pretty hot.  Yakima Valley is cooler, but just about anypla... Read More

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  • Mackey Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2008


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    Wine review by 240070anchca 240070 anchca

  • Ed my daughter and I are leaving the 20th of Feb to visit the Oregon wine country. We plan on spending 4 days in The willmette valley then 4days in walla walla then 4 in Seattle . Will send a report as we go along. Read More

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  • Catching up...Good one Fox :-)  I do seem to stumble on to my fair share of discoveries!I like the Pinot from Ribon Ridge in Oregon too.  Vincent Wines makes a real nice one.  Sadly, he sold out of his latest vintage before I could purchase any.  Be sure to go to the SE Wine Collective if you get to Portland.  Vincent, Helioterra and Division Wi... Read More

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  • Seven Hills Winery Merlot Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2009


    Deep and earthy on the nose with rich carob, bitter cocoa and coriander notes framed in nougatty wood tones. The fruit is subtle, showing up with slightly herbal and dried black berry aromas. bright on entry, surprisingly so after the nose. This is vibrant and pure in the mouth with an odd early note of boiled peanuts that is followed by impress... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cougar Crest Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2007


    The wine is a beautiful ruby color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is full of rich dark fruit, blackberries, plum and cherry over some rich leather and oak. The taste is a classic Walla Walla Syrah, with rich fruit up front, blackberry, ripe plum that transitions to some cherry cola, dark chocolate and mineral notes mid palate. The lon... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

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